When I think “off-season hitting plan” the first thing that enters my mind is the “what.”
The “what” is essentially your plan to help you accomplish your goals.
Without a plan, your goals are simply a wish.
Your plan provides specific methods to help you reach your specific goals. Creating goal specific plans is one of my favorite parts of what I do for a living. There’s nothing like helping a player transform into a force in the batter’s box that they never believed they could become.
When you add up all of the time you’ll be spending on a daily basis executing your plan, it can reach up to 3-5 hours depending on what you’re doing that day.
That’s a LOT of work.
That’s not to mention planning your diet and cooking your food.
There are going to be days when you don’t feel like going to the cage…
… When you don’t feel like going to the weight room because every single muscle in your body is sore
… When you don’t feel like going to the batting cage because you are so tired that you just want to take a nap.
… When you don’t want to do your daily mental exercises to help you become mentally tougher in the batter’s box because you have hours and hours of homework.
And it’s the players who still go the weight room, still go to the cage, and still do all their mental exercises especially when they don’t want to who will become elite players and pass up their competition.
Yesterday I spent some time with one of my softball students, Allie, and her father, Rob. We were putting together a plan for the fall to help Allie reach her goal of becoming an elite player on the diamond.
Allie is going to be a senior this year and is coming off a breakthrough junior season.
She committed to play at a Division I school, nearly broke the school record for home runs, and was named 1st team All-State.
Allie first came to work with me around two years ago.
She had a lot of potential and lofty goals, but needed to drastically improve her swing if she wanted a chance play at the college level.
What allowed Allie to make such massive improvements and earn a D1 scholarship?
Her intensity, focus, and relentless work ethic. Underneath her work ethic likes her true motivation…. Her “why.”
The “Why” is the most important ingredient to reaching your off-season goals. It’s the fuel that drives the car so to speak. Your plan can be an $80,000 Mercedes, but it’s useless without any fuel.
It’s clear to me that Allie knows what drives her and that’s the key to her accomplishments over the last two seasons. She’s always ready to go when she walks into the batting cage.
She has a “real” why.
You MUST have a “real” why if you want to accomplish your goals and take your game to the next level.
If you don’t then your focus and dedication to reaching your goals will fade and fizzle.
And before you know it you’ll just be another average joe.
Why are you going to spend 3-5 hours on average working on improving your game?
That’s a lot of time you could be spending doing things that your friends are telling you that you’re “missing out on.”
When I was in high school I hadn’t heard of “Fear of Missing Out,” yet, but I still remember being in the batting cage for hours on end thinking about how all my teammates were “Missing Out” on the opportunity to get better as opposed to me being the one missing out on whatever they were doing (partying, playing video games, going to the beach, etc.)
Your “why” reflects your motivation. Your why is your fuel that you can use especially when you don’t want to go to the cage. When you need to push yourself to finish the last reps. When you need to push yourself to add more weight, run faster, jump higher, be more explosive, etc.
Here’s the simple exercise you can do:
Grab a pen & paper (or open up your note pad in your phone)
Let’s say your goal is to add 7 MPH of bat speed this off-season.
Your answer my initially be “to hit more home runs.” And that’s great.
But I’d challenge you to think about the feeling you get when you hit a home run.
When you can connect your emotions with your goal then you have a better chance of accomplishing it.
A better answer may be…. “Because I love the feeling I get after I hit the ball dead square on the barrel and watch the ball fly into the air KNOWING that it’s going 50+ feet over the fence.”
(My why always sounded something similar to that ^^^^)
Why do you love that feeling?
Because, in that moment, I feel like I’ve reached perfectionism (even if it’s just for a split second).
A key point to note is that there is NO right or wrong in this exercise.
Take some time to do this exercise and you’ll have a much better chance of reaching the goals you lay out for this upcoming off-season.
Thanks for reading.
Connor Powers is a former Professional Baseball Player (Padres Organization 2010-2013) who has a passion for teaching others how reach their goals in the game of baseball. Since 2012 Coach Powers he has had his YouTube videos viewed over 3.3 Million times and has over 24,000 subscribers to his YouTube channel. His specialties are maximizing bat speed, improving batting average, and taking hitters from average to elite.
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